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Ben Aitken

Ben Aitken: The Marmalade Diaries: The True Story of an Odd Couple

Sunday 22 May | 1:30-2:20pm

£7 Venue: Derby College (DE24 8JE)

Sunday 22 May, 1.30 - 2.20pm at Derby College

The Derby College Takeover is sponsored by Darwin Escapes

From the author of The Gran Tour, a portrait of an intergenerational friendship.

Recently widowed, Winnie, 84, was in need of some companionship. Someone to help with the weekly food shop and offer tips on the crossword. Ben, 34, was looking for a new housemate.

As the UK was locked down in 2020, Ben and Winnie's lives were interwoven, forming an unlikely friendship, where lessons were learnt (heat the red wine in the oven with the plates; preserve or pickle whatever you can; never throw anything away) and grief, both personal and that of a nation, was explored.

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